Information Technology in the Construction of Family Relations

Event Date: 

Friday, January 16, 2004 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

  • CTL Trailer 932

Francesca Bray

Francesca Bray is Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. She is the author of Technology and Gender: Fabrics of Power in Late Imperial China (1997) in which she She proposes the concept of `gynotechnics', a set of everyday technologies which define women's roles, as a creative new way to explore how societies translate moral and social principles into a web of material forms and bodily practices. Her most recent work focuses everyday technologies and the Californian way of life. She examines the social and political relations and the cultural meanings embodied in such everyday artifacts as the flush toilet, the genetically-engineered tomato, and e-mail. In this talk Information Technology in the Construction of Family Relations Professor Bray's explores the impact modern technology has on everyday family life. Originally recorded January 16, 2004 at UC Santa Barbara.